Release Date: III 2013
Total Time: 27:07
CD | ecopack
1. Houston, Texas 1:17
2. Port Aransas, Texas 2:26
3. Parchman Prison, Mississippi 11:23
4. Me for Texas An’ Me for Tennessee 12:01
Text excerpted from 1939 Southern Recording Trip Fieldnotes prepared by John A. Lomax and Ruby T. Lomax
Audio quotes excerpted from their recordings
Music by Michał Biela, Miron Grzegorkiewicz, DJ Lenar and Pete Simonelli
Voice by Pete Simonelli
Guitar by Miron Grzegorkiewicz
Bass Guitar by Michał Biela
Turntable by DJ Lenar
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Triptych)
Three takes on America – three journeys and three documents. Written and recorded.
Year 1939, John A. Lomax and Ruby T. Lomax in their Plymouth – going South. 6502 miles, tons of audio recordings and a diary where report on the voices of South and voices of South become barely distinguishable.
Year 1949, Harry Partch – leaving for Gualala. Old smithy on a cliff, an isolated recording studio, breeding of a troop of small creatures called “Eleven Intrusions” – perhaps one of the frst cosmopolitan reinventions of American native music.
Finally, just recently, an anonymous hunt for vanishing – say north of Highway 15 and West of Baker. Online manual.
All three documents were approached by musicians who met in Warsaw for Playback Play 2012 – a week long series of rehearsals and performances.
And then put together to form – what exactly? A historiosophical narrative in music arrangements? A distant mirage of something we have already heard somewhere? Three images of America facing each other?